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Human Rights Violation Hearings
Type HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, SUBMISSIONS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Starting Date 09 June 1997
Location EAST LONDON
Names MR ALFRED MTELE
MISS MAYA: Thank you Mr Chairperson. I would like to greet you Mr Mtele. The story you are going to present before us concerns yourself and you wife, Mrs Florida Thembega Mtele, youíre going to tell us what happened on the second of February 1992, is that correct?
MR MTELE: When I got home at about eleven after a UDF meeting the window was opened and I told my wife to close the window and we went to bed. It was very hot that day and we slept on top of the blankets. At about one in the morning we woke up and the house was in flames. I tried to wake her, there were flames and smoke all over the house. We tried to open the kitchen door but it could not open which made it clear that the door was locked from the outside so that we could not open it and all the windows were burglar proofed. We spent about thirty minutes inside the house and our neighbours tried to break down the door so that we could get out, we were then taken to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital.
MR MTELE: I donít know why our house was burnt down, I cannot tell you because I donít know and nothing happened to my knowledge which could lead to such an incident accept that I was involved in political activities and I think that there were people fighting against that.
MR MTELE: It was Noxaba who was out neighbour who said that she could not sleep that night and when she heard the bombs, she woke up and opened the window. She saw two people and when they saw her they ran away. One of these people were aiming at our bedroom and the other one at the dining room. Noxaba saw them at that time and they then ran away.
MR MTELE: Nothing happened from the organisations that were against our organisation but the Ciskeian police used to assault and beat people and I suspect that the people who did this to me were the Ciskeian police but I donít have any evidence.
MR MTELE: My request to the Commission is that I would like the people who did this to me to come forward. I would like them to confess and to tell us who authorised them to do this. That would satisfy us.
REV FINCA: I do remember this incident. I also remember that it was clear that they wanted to kill you, it was only God who saved you. We thank you for coming forward with your story because youíre giving us a responsibility to investigate who the perpetrators were. I donít know whether we are going to be able to answer all peopleís questions as there are questions which are going to be left unanswered accept if the perpetrators would come forward and confess to their deeds but we will try to investigate as much as we can.